Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Nancy Martin, chair and associate professor of Religious Studies at Chapman University, will explore how regular people participate in co-creating the voice of the immensely popular Hindu saint Mirabai, highlighting marginalized speech excluded from the Hindi literary canon of her works.
Nancy M. Martin is chair and associate professor of Religious Studies and director of Schweitzer Institute at Chapman University and Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Martin is recognized both for her expertise on devotional Hinduism and for her work in comparative religious ethics. A leading authority on the woman saint Mirabai, her publications also explore multiple dimensions of the bhakti path and address issues of gender, religious identity, and communal relations in India. As the co-founder and co-director of the Global Ethics and Religion Forum (2001-2009), she also organized a series of conferences and programs internationally, examining major ethical challenges from diverse religious perspectives, and she has edited of a series of volumes on related topics.
Martin received her MA from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in comparative religion from Graduate Theological Union.
Professor Martin's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Kutten Lectureship in Religious Studies at CMC.